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Fresh snowfall hits life in J&K

Srinagar, Mar 17 : Fresh snowfall on Monday affected life across Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the second day and the suspension of the Bannihal-Baramulla train service.

The Met Department has predicted that the weather is likely to improve on Thursday as “there are chances of rain and snow for the next two days as well.”

Officials told IBNS that around two feet of unsullied snowfall in the Bannihal segment and landslides in the Ramban segment of the Srinagar-Jammu highway have hampered road clearance operations due to which no traffic will be allowed on Monday.

The continuous rain and snowfall has also triggered landslides in many parts of the state.

Late Sunday night, a girl, who was identified as Sameena, 17, was killed in a landslide in Surankote’s (Poonch) Safadawali village, reports said.

Moderate snowfall continued during the night in Srinagar city and all other plains of the Valley.

Meanwhile, schools which were about to open after seven months were shut down as bad weather conditions forced many parents to keep their children indoors.
(Reporting by Saleem Iqbal Qadri)

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